Events from the Third Coast Activist

 Coffee with the Author and Book Signing

Date: November 5, 2015

Time: 12:00 pm  to  1:00 pm

KUT Radio’s Jennifer Stayton will interview University of Texas professor Robert Jensen about his new book, Plain Radical: Living, Loving, and Learning to Leave the Planet Gracefully at the Holy Grounds coffee shop. The book sketches the comprehensive radical politics of Jensen’s late friend and comrade Jim Koplin. Drawing on first-hand stories and the nearly 3,000 pages of correspondence that flowed between the two men between 1988 and 2012, the book is part love story, part intellectual memoir, and part political polemic—an argument for how we should understand problems and think about solutions to create a decent human future, if there is to be a human future at all.


Location: St. David’s Episcopal Church, 301 E. 8th St. Austin, 78701

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 Green Movie Night featuring “Greedy Lying Bastards”

Date: November 6, 2015

Time: 7:00 pm  to  9:00 pm


The First Unitarian Universalist Church’s Green Sanctuary Committee will screen the documentary “Greedy Lying Bastards,” which investigates the reason efforts to tackle climate change have stalled despite consensus in the scientific community. The film details the people and organizations that cast doubt on climate science and claim that greenhouse gases are not affected by human behavior. A discussion group will follow the film. For more information, contact or (512) 288-4080


Location: First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover Ave., Austin 78756

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 Naomi Klein on Climate and Capitalism

Date: November 11, 2015

Time: 7:00 pm  to  9:00 pm


Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist, and author of several books, including her 2007 New York Times bestseller, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. Her most recent book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, won the 2014 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction and was shortlisted for the 2015 PEN Literary Awards in the nonfiction category. Klein is a contributing editor for Harper’s and a reporter for Rolling Stone, and she writes a regular column for The Nation and The Guardian. In 2014 she received the International Studies Association’s IPE Outstanding Activist-Scholar award, and in 2015 she received the Izzy Award honoring outstanding achievement in independent journalism and media. The event is sponsored by the Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies and the Humanities Institute at the University of Texas.


Location: University of Texas, Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium, 2313 Red River, Austin, 78705

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 “Uniting Our Divided City: Addressing Health Disparities”

Date: November 13, 2015

Time: 12:00 pm  to  1:30 pm


Although Travis County and Austin have reputations for healthy populations, many residents are being left behind. This program features health care providers, advocates, and University of Texas faculty working to address racial and ethnic health disparities. Panelists include Christie Garbe, Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Central Health; Miyong Kim, Associate Vice President for Community Health Engagement, UT; William Lawson, Associate Dean of Health Disparities, UT’s Dell Medical School; and Sal Valdez, Chief Operating Officer, The Latino HealthCare Forum. The moderator will be Sherri Greenberg from the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Attendance is free and lunch is provided, but seating is limited and an RSVP is required.


Location: University of Texas, LBJ School of Public Affairs, Room 3.122, 2300 Red River St., Austin

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 Campaign to End the Death Penalty Conference

Date: November 14, 2015

Time: 8:00 am  to  5:00 pm


The theme of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty conference is “Fighting the Death Penalty and Mass Incarceration.” Discussions will focus on police violence, abuse of prosecutorial discretion, harsh sentencing, execution methods, solitary confinement and prison conditions, and more. Register online ($25 regular, $10 for students and family members of prisoner or former prisoners). For more information, contact Lily Hughes,


Location: Huston-Tillotson University, 900 Chicon St., Austin, 78702

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 Jessica Gordon Nembhard on African American Cooperatives

Date: December 9, 2015

Time: 7:00 pm  to  9:00 pm


Jessica Gordon Nembhard, a professor at John Jay College of the City University of New York and author of Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Thought and Practice will speak about her vision for a sustainable economy in which Black lives matter. In her research and activism, Nembhard focuses on community economic development, wealth inequality, Black political economy, popular economic literacy, and community justice. Nembhard was a founding member of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives and is co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland, College Park. The event is sponsored by Cooperation Texas. More information online.


Location: Dickey-Lawless Auditorium, Huston-Tillotson University, 900 Chicon St., Austin, 78702

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 US Human Rights Network National Conference

Date: December 10 – 13, 2015

Time: 8:00 am  to  5:00 pm


The biannual conference of the US Human Right Network will be held in Austin December 10-13, with a focus on economic, social and cultural rights. This national network of organizations and individuals works to build and strengthen a people-centered human rights movement in the United States. PODER (People Organized in Defense of Earth and her Resources) will serve as the local anchor organization for the conference. Scholarships are available.


Location: Hilton Austin, 500 E. 4th St., Austin, 78701

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